A former Cuyahoga Falls City School District administrator will receive $335,000 in a settlement agreement with the Cuyahoga Falls City School District stemming from a discrimination complaint she filed against the district last year.
The settlement was reached in September between the Cuyahoga Falls City School District and Anne Alfano, one-time principal of Cuyahoga Falls High School and the former coordinator of teaching and learning for the district. Alfano had claimed she was negatively evaluated by the superintendent because she had cancer and then, to get back at her for reporting the district to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the School Board, based on the recommendation of the superintendent, did not renew her contract.
She had demanded a jury trial and was seeking in excess of $25,000, according to the November 2015 complaint filed with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division.
The Cuyahoga Falls News-Press obtained a copy of the settlement via public records request Oct. 11.
"The parties have reached an agreement to their mutual satisfaction, and that's really all I can say," Dr. Todd Nichols, superintendent of the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, said on Sept. 26.
R. Renee Vining, lead counsel for Alfano, said on Sept. 26, "We have no comment at this time."
On Oct. 9, a message posted on the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Facebook page stated, " the settlement did NOT cost tax payers $335K. It was an insurance settlement with a $5K deductible. Thus, the cost to the district was $5K plus district attorneys (not insurance attorneys who were primarily working the case).
"In the end, the settlement saved the district time and legal costs. We are happy to have this chapter behind us as we continue to look to the future of our school district."